Corporate getaways are an influential way to enhance business culture, develop sincere connections, and demonstrate support for team members, whether you work remotely, in person, or a combination of the two.
If you engage in savvy, creative corporate event planning, you can temporarily put meetings, conference calls, product evaluations, and projects put on hold and still capitalize on your team greatly.
Determine Your Company Objectives
Invest the time and make adequate plans. Identifying your company’s objectives and intended outcomes for the event is the first stage. Company retreats are particularly beneficial for businesses whose employees often feel more like disparate groups of strangers rather than a cohesive team.
Choose a Date
Pick a date that won’t conflict with family commitments. (Avoid Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.) You should also avoid the most hectic moments of the year at work. For example, if your company is in the accounting industry, avoid the first few months of the year because of the tax season.
Send Out a Save-the-Date
Don’t shock your staff with the information about your getaway at the last minute—trust us on this one. In a dire situation, it could be tough to arrange their outside-of-work life. We advise making plans at least six months in advance, depending on the size of your party.
Book the Venue
If you have a bigger party, you might want to think about a hotel or resort. Plan activities that do not take place in a dreary conference room, regardless of the location you select. Keep in mind that it shouldn’t feel like the workplace here!
Depending on your venue, you might need to arrange for everyone to stay somewhere else. If so, you should make sure the hotel isn’t too far from the event location for convenience. Make sure it’s simple for everyone to get from their lodging to the venue.
If you’re organizing a retreat, it’s your role to think about how your staff will get there and back if they still need to drive. If the venue is near where they live, the staff can carpool or hire a shuttle or bus.
Plan the Food or Catering
The love of eating is one thing that almost everyone shares. Anticipate the food for your retreat carefully. A satisfying dinner may improve an experience and foster the ideal sense of community.
A business vacation wouldn’t be complete without some energizing, enjoyable team-building exercises, and icebreakers. Even more difficult activities that push the mental or physical limitations of your team are an option.
Organize Work Sessions
The main part of your retreat should be enjoyable, although you might need to use your computers sometimes. Make sure your retreat locations include standard amenities such as Wi-Fi and large meeting areas.
Send a Post-Retreat Survey
Nobody enjoys getting constructive criticism, but it’s the only way for us to evolve and make improvements for retreats in the future. Asking individuals who were present will give insight into how it went.
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